A black Harvard professor has slammed Augsburg University in Minneapolis for censuring a white prof for using the “N-word” during a class reading of a book featuring the word.
Augsburg history professor Phillip Adamo was reading to his class from black author James Baldwin’s book, “The Fire Next Time,” and when it came to the N-word, Adamo read it aloud. After all, it was part of a black author’s text. So, shouldn’t that be OK?
According to school authorities, Adamao got to that one passage that contained the offensive word. That passage reads: “You can only be destroyed by believing that you really are what the white world calls a n***er.”
At that point, students say that Adamao stopped reading and then asked the class if that was an “appropriate use” of the word?
Naturally, the snowflake student activists kicked into high gear and decided to go to war against the professor.
Just as absurdly, the brains running Augsburg University agreed with the extremists, slow-witted kids and moved to suspend prof. Adamo for daring to be heard reading while white.
The fools in the administration took quick action, according to The Blaze:
Subsequently, Augsburg’s provost “unilaterally” removed Adamo from teaching and his duties as honors program director for the fall semester, Inside Higher Ed reported, and Adamo went on medical leave due to stress. His January suspension letter cites an unspecified “range of issues” raised by students: bias and discrimination, respect for students, teaching competence, and program leadership, the outlet added.
But black Harvard Law School professor Randall Kennedy thinks the whole story is idiotic.
Kennedy slammed Augsburg in no uncertain terms saying, “This dispiriting farce discredits those who have played a role in it and undermines Augsburg’s claim to be a serious institution of higher learning.”
Kennedy continued explaining:
“First, there are the students who complained that they had been shocked, hurt, and made to feel unsafe by the professor’s use’ of the N-word,” Kennedy began. “How can anyone sensibly think that Adamo was ‘using’ the N-word, in the sense of deploying it destructively? As Adamo stated in his own defense, there is ‘a distinction between use and mention. To use the word to inflict … harm is unacceptable. To mention the word in a discussion of how the word is used is necessary for honest discourse.'”
He added that “none of those distinctions require deep insight. They should be obvious. Students unable to appreciate them are students unprepared for university life.”
Of course, Kennedy is 100 percent correct. Sanitizing everything to please a bunch of mindless, snowflake kids really is the death of education, not to mention our nation.
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